2017-07-12 / School & Sports

Lea Henry Camp of Champs Basketball Camp Held

By: Dr. Gail H. Lovering


Students attending summer school get instructions on the game of basketball as well as character building in an educational setting from Lea Henry. Students attending summer school get instructions on the game of basketball as well as character building in an educational setting from Lea Henry. On June 26, 27, and 28, the students who participated in the 2017 CCLC Project Pirate had a great athletic and character building encounter. Thanks to Lea Henry, Dougherty County’s new athletic director and her staff, the 65 students in attendance had a fantastic experience.

The students were instructed in the sport of basketball as well as character building in an educational setting. The Camp of Champs basketball group came to Colquitt, Georgia, thanks to the contributions of Gerald Garland, Birdsong Peanuts, and the Miller County Hospital Authority. This instruction will enable these youngsters to strive for physical success as well as character triumphs during the upcoming school year and beyond. The fun-filled basketball and recreational atmosphere coupled with behavior management techniques proved to be a successful venture for all involved.

Physical activities were set up in stations such as jump roping, ball handling, shooting, passing, foot work and teamwork drills. The main goal of the program is to teacher character education to students involved in after school and summer programs in a highly motivational, structured and fun recreational basketball environment. Our goal for the student is to have each one understand what good character is and how their education will allow them to pursue their dreams.

Ms. Henry, a native of Colquitt, will always have a special affection for this area and the children. She is a successful basket- ball star with an Olympic experience as well as a successful coaching career. It is with great pleasure and pride that Ms. Henry returns to her roots and shares her talents and resources. This was a rewarding involvement for her as well as the participants. The “Camp of Champs” was a success.

Specific character skills were taught in addition to the unique games and drills. Character education topics included: goal setting, good citizenship, respecting authority, teamwork, conflict resolution, handling obstacles, doing your best, making good choices, preparing for opportunities, and integrity. Ms. Henry along with her husband Greg Manning have been organizing and sponsoring this camp for several years. They feel strongly about the contribution they can make to these kids and their future. Character does count ALWAYS. The couple has been able to impart this concept by sharing and teaching the game of basketball. They are both dedicated to the game of basketball and to the teaching of character education to the youth of Southwest Georgia.

The children had special treat during the finale activities. Star, the Hardee’s mascot, came by the gym and visited with the kids and provided T-shirts and coupons for the participants.

Thank you to Birdsong Peanuts, Gerald Garland, and the Miller County Hospital Authority for making this year’s camp possible. Thank you so much for your generosity. A special thanks to Hardee’s and Star for providing T-shirts and coupons for the participants. Thank you also to Lea Henry and her staff for providing the students of the 21st Century Summer School Program 2017 such a rewarding experience.

“It’s about preparing you to succeed today, tomorrow and later in life,” say Gregg and Lea Henry Manning

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